Gentri Lee

8.28.2014

Foggy Mountain Top


There was one thing I had to do while in Utah; even if it meant hiking the long trail alone, I was going to get to my cabin. Thank goodness my dad and his best friend love going and were free, because it would have been a very cold hike. The trail to my cabin is rough... it's not something I would feel comfortable driving, myself, so I was grateful my dad was available to take me. 

This particular day was unseasonably cold and wet; it felt more like March. My cabin happens to be on the top of a mountain, and I thought we might see snow fall at any moment. But oh my... I don't know if it's ever been more magical up there. The clouds were very low, they came sweeping over the ridge, making it feel like a dream. The wildflowers were still in bloom and their vibrant colors stood out among the fog and deep greens. We were only able to stay for a couple hours; just enough time to take some photos, make sure everything was ok, and eat lunch. Before we left, we decided to try and drive to the very top, or as far as a vehicle can go, anyway (which happens to be pretty far).

It got to the point where there really was no point in continuing, the clouds were just too thick to see more than a few feet ahead. But I wanted to try, so we kept heading on up. And just as we rounded a corner, a large coyote ran in front of our truck... It froze in the middle of the path, stared at us for a few seconds, then took off, down the other side of the ridge. It hadn't been more than fifteen feet away from me. My hands instinctively flew up to cover my mouth, in pure awe. It was such a beautiful sight... The russet coyote with it's bushy tail, surrounded by mist and pines... I wish I could have captured it in a photo. It was over in a flash, but it's one of those moments that will always remain clear in my mind.

of course we had to stop so they could check out the heard of elk before we scared them off with the sound of the truck.


Oh how I miss living near mountains... They really take the breath away and put things into perspective.

8.27.2014

Throwing A Whimsical Woodland Bridal Shower Using My Sam's Club Membership

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Sam’s Club. All opinions are mine alone.

*Photo Credit to Lori Romney Photography* minus the smoothie and last two, in-store photos

As soon as I learned of my best friend Lauren's engagement, I started planning her bridal shower.  Planning a party from two thousand miles away is no easy task, but thanks to Sam's Club, that job was made a whole lot easier. There are certain things you just can't take with you on an airplane, and I knew I could count on the local Sam's Club to have all of the fresh food and disposable items I could possibly need. I even threw in some beautiful flowers that we passed on our way out of the store- they added just the right touch and Lauren really loves flowers, so they had to come. I was very impressed with Sam's Club, the large selections they offer, and the amazing prices. I am so happy to have my Sam's Club membership and know I'll be using it often.

Ariel became my partner in crime for this party and I couldn't have asked for anyone better suited for the job- I seriously can't brag about that girl, enough! Together and for months we brain stormed; there was no detail that we didn't discuss. We know Lauren, backward and forward, so her theme was a no-brainer. She would have the loveliest, outdoor, Whimsical Woodland Bridal Shower that we could possibly give her. I took Ariel with me when shopping for the food and she was just as impressed as I was. We enjoyed trying out some samples they had and exploring the variety of products they offer.

We wanted to keep the food fresh and light, so we provided our guests with fresh berries, almonds, and orange water; the perfect combination for a warm, summer night spent outside. The prices at Sam's Club are amazing; I was able to purchase large packs of berries for a price I would pay for a small pack at any other grocery store; berries are not cheap, so this made me a very happy party planner. 

The party turned out amazing- a magical night, to be sure. We had all of Lauren's closest friend's in attendance, played some bridal shower games, watched Lauren open her presents, enjoyed our delicious food (on the best disposable serveware money can buy, from Sam's Club, of course), and chit-chatted the night away. It was over all too soon.

all florals arranged by Floral Design by Erin

As lovely as the party was, I could hardly move or open my eyes the next morning... Luckily, I had thrown the left over berries into the freezer the night before, and a berry smoothie was just what the doctor (and by doctor I mean me) ordered. It was the perfect way to start my slow morning- fresh, revitalizing, and delicious! Here's how I made it...

In a blender, I combined:
a handful of all the berries I had- strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
half of a frozen banana
handful of spinach

Honestly, it's almost easier than a bowl of cereal and far healthier! I felt ready to take on the world for another day. (which, thank goodness, happened to be free of plans)
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If you've been debating on whether or not to give a Sam's Club card a try- then let me settle that debate. The answer is Do It, I know you won't regret it! Bonus- their membership fees are just as reasonably priced as everything else in that store! Thanks to Sam's Club, Lauren's bridal shower came together better than I ever could have hoped for.

P.S. Be sure to check back soon for more details and photos from this bridal shower!

8.26.2014

Just a Dream


"Is all that we see or seem, just a dream within a dream?" -Edgar Allen Poe

Sometimes, I am not sure of "reality". When I went to Utah, it all felt real, normal, and my memories of Maryland seemed to be nothing but a dream. Now, I am back on the East Coast and my trip to Utah feels like nothing more than a dream... over in the blink of an eye. Life moves quickly, we must stay awake and savor each moment before it's gone. Even the hard times will one day be missed. Thank goodness I took pictures, because I would almost believe it was all just a dream, otherwise. I had the best time and made memories I will cherish forever.

These photos were taken with Brandi on my last night there. We met up to take some pictures, spend more time together, and then had snacks at a favorite restaurant with some other close blogging friends. I do miss the close-knit blogging scene that comes with living in Utah. Some of my best friends have been made through blogging and I miss them, dearly. I wish I could take all of my favorite people with me, wherever I go.

jacket- karma
dress- c/o mart of china
shoes- sven clogs
jewelry- c/o fifth & mae

This has been a go-to outfit lately. I am in love with this dress, so much so that I have a blue one arriving any day now... This jacket is the perfect addition to my wardrobe, it hits in a much better place on my short torso for certain outfits than my other denim jackets do. And this jewelry, It's all from Fifth and Mae, and really, if you haven't figured out my love for that company by now, then you haven't been reading a word I've said for the past year. Basically, this outfit is everything I love, all rolled into one. It's a good thing you don't see what I wear every day... because it's this outfit right here, on repeat... and that would be embarrassing.

8.19.2014

Rip Van Winkle


There is a story about a man named Rip Van Winkle who slept for 20 years. He had met some strange men in a forest who offered him a drink, he partook of it and when he awoke, his gun had rusted, his dog was gone, and everything in the village where he lived had changed. And yet, it was still the town he knew. 

I have been having a bit of "Rip Van Winkle Syndrome" lately... Ever since traveling back to Utah. My mind is so confused and I'm having a hard time focusing. It feels as though the last six months in Maryland have been a dream and nothing more. I just took a really long nap and woke up to find things in Utah completely different and yet, somehow just the same... My best friend is now married, other friends have moved to or from Utah, and my brain keeps trying to convince me that I have actually traveled back in time to this time, last year. It's all very confusing. 

But I am going back to Maryland tomorrow, and things might start to feel more real again. I think it's just been such a whirlwind since I arrived in Utah. I have been going non-stop with photo shoots, wedding things, seeing people, makeup appointments, and trying to do all of the things I want to do. It makes me sad to be going back to Maryland, just because being in Utah feels so normal, but I love it there and have completely enjoyed the experiences I've had... So it's just bittersweet.

I am still not exactly sure what is real and what has been a dream... Someone pinch me, please.

Have you ever experienced this or am I not making any sense, at all?

8.18.2014

Traveling Companions & Better For You Desserts- Dove Chocolate Covered Cranberries from Sam's Club

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

My favorite snack has to be chocolate covered fruit; I can't get enough! I could almost live on that, alone. If you've read my "about me" page, then this isn't news to you. So when traveling, I always make sure to have some with me. They satisfy the sweet tooth in a healthier way, keeping me from buying junk on the road or while in the air. I've always been a fan of Dove® Chocolate, so when I heard about these new Dove® Chocolate Covered Cranberries from Sam's Club, I had to get my hands on some! They were the perfect addition to my favorite traveling gear, including...

baseball cap (because who has good hair while traveling?) // makeup bag // favorite denim jacket // favorite and most comfortable sunglasses // a large, carry-all bag // comfortable sneakers // and of course- my Dove® Chocolate Covered Cranberries.

Dove® Fruit is real fruit, dipped in dark chocolate. It is rich in antioxidants, so not only will it be a better snack for your waistline, but your skin will see benefits, as well (as long as you're keeping the rest of your food habits in check, of course). Plus, who can say no to Dove Chocolate?!


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Dove® Fruit has limited availability, and can be purchased at your local Sam's Club. They will also be releasing a Whole Cherry version of this delicious snack, later this year! So, definitely keep your eyes out for those and grab the cranberry version while you can.

What is your go-to traveling or daily snack? Is anyone else as obsessed over chocolate covered fruit as I am?